Relax - it's silk!
Silk does not stretch or shrink. Our silk hand painting techniques produce garments whose colours will not run or fade under normal circumstances. Cleaning and washing silk fabric, in case of our garments, is definitely simple and convenient. So relax and enjoy your silk garments and scarves!
Optimal hand painted silk care will ensure longer and lustrous life of the garment.
Find below our instruction for silk care:
Hand Washing Silk
Hand washing silk is our recommended mode of cleaning silk. Almost all silk can be hand washed (and would not shrink if the silk fabric were pre-shrunk before sewing); We do not recommend machine washing or drying.
If you have hard water, you may wish to first add a spoonful of borax to the washing water
Use lukewarm water and mild, non-alkaline soap (such as Ivory Liquid) or baby shampoo
While rinsing, you can add a few tablespoonfuls of distilled white vinegar to the rinse water to neutralise alkali traces and to dissolve soap residue
Or, add a few drops of hair conditioner to the final rinse water for extra silky feel
Soaking silk for any more than a few minutes should be avoided
Do not use harsh detergents that contain bleaches or brighteners
Do not wring or twist; roll in towel to extract water
Silk Drying Tips
Hang silk garments to dry without delay. The silk garment will hold its shape
As with any fine fabric, never use direct sunlight to dry silk clothing. Doing so can damage the silk fibre and fade the coloru. Wet silk may yellow in direct sunlight or on a radiator
Don not use a wooden drying rack, as the dyes & finishes can leave stains
We do not recommend drying silk in a clothes dryer since it can damage silk in two ways: (1) excessive temperature and heat dulls the silk fabric and may also shrink it; (2) friction with the dryer drum might cause yarn breaks or white streaks
If necessary, press the silk garment inside out while damp using cool iron setting (Silk setting on the iron)
Do not wet locally as this may cause rings
Too much heat can dull, pucker, or burn silk fabric
Most wrinkles in silk can be removed by hanging the garment in the bathroom during a shower. Let humidity do the ironing for you!
Silk Stain Removal
Please, consult your dry cleaning specialist.
Pack your silk apparel as you would any clothing item. Simply hang the garment when you unpack. Minor packing wrinkles will disappear overnight.
Care of Silk Fabric: General Precautions
Silk is a natural protein fibre. Do not use chlorine bleach to clean silk; chlorine will damage the silk fabric
Avoid drying silk in direct sunlight as sunlight for a prolonged period will damage the silk fabric
Substances containing alcohol will damage silk fabric. So let your perfume and hairspray dry before dressing
Hand painted silk is unique and easy to care gifts for very long time. Go Shop for hand painted silks
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